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Young Harris rallies from 21 down to beat Truett McConnell

January 24, 2011

Information from wire reports

Young Harris – The Young Harris College women’s basketball team took its first lead with two minutes remaining and didn’t look back as the Mountain Lions rallied from a 21-point, first-half deficit to beat Truett McConnell, 58-50, on Monday afternoon at the YHC Basketball Arena.

“They played with no quit and played with pride the whole time,” Young Harris head coach Brenda Paul said. “Everyone on the team played as hard as they could. That is definitely a side of Young Harris Mountain Lion pride.”

Breanna Gleeson scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the second half and was 6-for-15 from the floor, including knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to key a Young Harris run. LaDondra Johnson recorded a double-double, 14 points and 14 rebounds – nine coming on the offensive end and Lauren Smith added 12 points, eight rebounds and dished out a team-high four assists as the Mountain Lions (6-9) were 23-of-68 shooting for 34 percent.

Young Harris trailed, 34-13, at the break after struggling to find anything offensively as the Mountain Lions were 6-for-33 from the floor for 18 percent. The Mountain Lions turned that around in the second half by shooting 49 percent and limiting the Lady Bears (5-13) to just 15 percent.

The Mountain Lions used a 27-13 run to start the second half and cut the deficit to 47-40 after a Smith layup with 5:20 left. A 3-pointer by Willani Love extended the Truett McConnell lead to 50-40 with 4:57 remaining.

However, the final five minutes was dominated by Young Harris as the Mountain Lions closed out the game out with an 18-0 run to earn the come-from-behind victory.

Love paced the Lady Bears with 15 points, while Symone Hampton and Jasmine Butler recorded 12 and 10, respectively. Despite shooting 54 percent in the first half, Truett McConnell was 18-of-52 (35 percent) from the floor.

The Mountain Lions return to action 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Rome, Ga., against Berry College.

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